• March is Music Month: Living Hour on Canada, Traveling + Playing Live in Austin

    From exclusive interviews, live performances, special collections and more, we’re celebrating music all month long. We talked to the bands and artists playing our upcoming UO Live in Austin shows about their musical beginnings and the places they’re headed next. Click here to read more interviews.

    Making the trek to Austin from Winnipeg, Living Hour, a psych-pop band consisting of Gil Carroll, Sam Sarty, Adam Soloway, and Alex Chochinov, talks to us about what it’s like to live in the largest city of Manitoba and how the group has honed their sound over the past year.
    Photos by Adam Kelly

    Hi, guys! Tell us a little bit about yourselves – where do you live? How long have you all been making music together?
    Hey! We live in Winnipeg, Canada. We have been writing songs together for around 3 years ish but some of us have been playing music together since we were little kids at summer camp.

    What’s the music scene in Winnipeg like currently?
    It’s a beautiful thing - a really nice and supportive scene. All kinds of bands and artists can get cool opportunities to play and connect with musicians and artists of all styles. There are tons of really great bands and on any given night you can hear some super diverse sounds and styles. There are two main venues that host shows and we hope some more all ages venues open up soon. 

    What are the benefits of living where you do? What about the negatives?
    Benefits are the really supportive music and art community. The negatives are obviously how far away we live from anywhere that has a cool music scene and the harsh winters. We have to tour a lot to get to where we want to be for music...But touring is fun!

    For someone who’s never listened to your music before, how would you describe it?
    Reading Science Fiction in a bubble bath. It takes you to a different level of existence and thought and also makes you feel warm and relaxed. 

    How has your music changed or evolved over the years?
    We have started experimenting a lot more with song structures and instruments and sounds. Our old stuff was more straight away dreamy/psych pop but now we have moved to trying weirder and more explorative musical ideas.

    Who were some of your inspirations growing up?
    Mazzy Star, Sufjan Stevens, Yo La Tengo, Slowdive, Beach House, Sparklehorse, Spiritualized, Silver Jews, Built to Spill, Lower Dens, Pavement, Smith Westerns, Death Cab For Cutie, The Weakerthans, and Sum 41.

    What about currently?
    Florist, Stars of the lid, Bedhead, Grandaddy, Silkworm, Hello Shark, Galaxie 500, Sufjan Stevens, Spiritualized, Yo La Tengo, Grouper, Low, American Analog Set, and Tennis.

    What’s your 2017 goal as a band?
    Finish recording our new album and write a bunch of new songs, tour Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest in June and then continue to write new material and tour the Eastern US in the fall. Would love to go back to Europe again soon but we may wait until our new album is out.

    What are you looking forward to experiencing in Austin? Have you ever been before?
    This is our first time ever playing SXSW! We’re most looking forward to the opportunity to play with and meet so many cool bands from all over the world. Seeing a ton of amazing music all day, every day. Meeting people in person that we have only ever met through the internet. 

    Any bands or musicians you’re looking forward to catching while there?
    Vagabon, Jay Som, Forth Wanderers, Double Winter, Spiral Stairs, Frankie Rose, Lvl Up, Yucky Duster, Molly Burch, Avi Buffalo, Big Thief, and Real Estate.

    Finally, what do you hope people take away from your Live in Austin performance?
    That they need to come up to Canada and check out the music scene.

    See Living Hour this month at UO's Space 24 Twenty for UO Live in Austin. Click here for more schedules and information.